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One of the best, ever!
- Susanne N Cavendish
The Irish have always shown passion for their country, feverishly religious, the sustaining force, of life. Kathleen Ryan was my favorite character, for it seemed that without her gift of love, Johnny might never have sustained himself. Though, like most men, he focused on the external aspects of the fight, hers, always seemed to be focused on life-giving aspects, even to the end, life that had to end. I rank it with Dr Zhivago, for what love can mean in its many ways, staying behind, for love of country, giving up life for the same reason, something greater than oneself!
Odd Man Out
An expressionistic film noir from Britain. Mason is an injured IRA gunman who is confronted with who he is by the apathy, charity and advice of others. The story's tense moments are interrupted by pretentious psychological aspects, I think that to some it's a necessary break from the drama, it also stops the film. Entertaining, thrilling, but at times a little lifeless. I give it a 4/5.
- Denham Fields
Carol Reed's direction is once again, marvelous. A cast of very solid English and Irish actors against a powerful landscape of a dark city. The subtle touches of Reeds direction are really worth paying attention to. How the actors move and gesture, embellishing their character and intent. James Mason is excellent and let us not forget the wonderful Robert Newton, perfectly cast as a manic, sometimes delirious painter.
Terminal Effort for An otherwise noble cause
- Liz Gunther
Always hopeful the protagonist would eventually meet up with another true comrade who would also save his physical self, the viewing was a bit frustrating and tedious. Did enjoy the B/W scenes during the course of the film. Reminded me of high intensity Daryl Zanick.
So many wonderful actors,sad pic,but well-made.Johnny,who should've taken good advice and stayed home,gets involved in robbery,involuntarily shoots teller who pursued him,gets shot by unintended victim,falls off getaway car and has to make do for himself while comrades try to find him.Meanwhile, many people he meets offer help,or try to cash in on the reward.Nothing to disappoint here,many great Abbey Theatre actors here,loved "Shel",so sad he died shortly after this pic.
- Oddly Good Show
Great Carol Reed film.Loved James Mason.Can't wait to see it again
ODD MAN OUT
This is one of my favorites.
All I can say is this is a must see noir movie. I see it is often likened to 'The Third Man'. This movie pulled me in from start to finish. It was more compact then the the third man, yet more intense. It's like comparing black powder to nitro-glycerine. The latter being our movie.
Carol Reed's masterpiece?
- Bill Shelly
Johnny McQueen,(Mason) is the leader of an I.R.A. faction who arranges a hold-up to raise funds for "the organization". There are some doubts, however, as to whether or not he is up to the job; having just gotten out of prison. When things go terribly wrong he is forced to make his way alone. Don't let the political undertones scare you away, since this is really a great character study. The first in Reed's wonderful trilogy (The Fallen Idol and The Third Man followed) showing Europe's fear and mistrust shortly after World War II. Terrific cinematography, believable characters, and great direction, make this, I think, an essential.
One of the finest films of the 1940s
- William Linsley
This will always be one of my favorite films, because of its beautiful and dramatic story, fine cinematography, direction and script, and rare performances by James Mason and the supporting cast, including Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack and others. The dramatic ending is one of the best in film.
Looks great, I thought it looked like an Orson Welles directed movie. The lighting and camera movement held my interest through out the show. Hope you make it available on DVD. A great undiscoved movie that I had never seen or heard of.
One of the many classics overlooked.
This film is one of my absolute favorite movies. It's so beautiful to watch... the cinematography is wonderful, the acting is wonderful. It is just a fantastic film. I have actually written a bigger article on this film in the April-June 2007 issue of the online film magazine Reel Philadephia www.reelphiladelphia.com. (click on the Reel Philadelphia link on the menu page)If you aren't convinced yet, read the article, it might change your mind. :)
I unfortunately was only able to catch an hour of this movie, but it was brilliant and very suspenseful! One of the best Noir films I've seen, and it's not even available on DVD!!!
Overlooked film making a comeback
- Ann Albin
This film appears to be gaining momentum in it's importance to cinema history. It's a grim tale, beautifully told. The cinematography is wonderful and the film's digital restoration is superb. This movie was overshadowed by "The Third Man" but I like it just as well. They are very different films.
Odd Man Out
Among Reed's best.